Coville Crosses the Ecuador:
(December 18, 2016; Day 41, 22:38 UTC) – Thomas Coville (FRA) and his 31m maxi trimaran Sodebo Ultim’ is well on his way to breaking the solo round the world record. With 3066 nm to go, his latest 24 hour run of 343 nm has his margin increasing to 2241.66 nm (+167.96 nm) ahead of the current record pace of 57d 13h 34m 6s set by Francis Joyon (FRA) on the 29.8m trimaran IDEC in January 2008. Full report.
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Casualties Mount in Vendée Globe:
(December 18, 2016; Day 43) – French skipper Stéphane Le Diraison became the third Vendée Globe skipper to have to withdraw from the solo round the world race due to mast or rig problems when his mast snapped into two pieces on yesterday evening.
Le Diraison’s break is the most serious yet, following the mast top loss of Tanguy de Lamotte who had to return to Les Sables d’Olonne and of Japanese skipper Koji Shiraishi who lost the top third of his mast and retired into Cape Town. He is heading for Melbourne Australia, some 800 miles to his north. Twenty one of the 29…
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